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4th Dec '16 9:55:52 PM Kadorhal
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*** The ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham]]'' games ''seem'' to follow this as well; at the beginning of ''Arkham City'', Bruce Wayne is campaigning to have the prison closed, because he can't really do any open political activism as Batman. But the games very rarely depict Bruce Wayne outside of the batsuit.

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*** The ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham]]'' games ''seem'' to follow this as well; at the beginning of ''Arkham City'', Bruce Wayne is campaigning to have the prison closed, because he can't really do any open political activism as Batman. But the games very rarely depict Bruce Wayne outside of the batsuit.batsuit, and [[spoiler:about half the times it does are actually Hush impersonating Bruce Wayne.]]
2nd Dec '16 9:10:53 PM Shadao
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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble appearance is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turns the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's face in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lightning face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.

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* In the Franchise/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble appearance is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turns the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's face in the Film/ThePhantomMenace ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lightning face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.
24th Nov '16 8:12:28 AM Tron80
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** Back in the Silver and Bronze Ages, Kara Zor-El was torn between her responsibilities as Supergirl and her desire to be a normal woman and lead a normal life. Unlike her cousin -whose "real" person was Superman in those decades-, she thought of herself as "Linda Danvers", and sometimes she felt frustrated because she spent so long being Supergirl that she forgot what being "Linda" was like.
--->Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda!\\

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** Back in the Silver and Bronze Ages, Kara Zor-El was torn between her responsibilities as Supergirl and her desire to be a normal woman and lead a normal life. Unlike her cousin -whose "real" person was Superman in those decades-, she thought of herself as "Linda Danvers", and sometimes she felt frustrated because she spent so long being Supergirl that she forgot what being "Linda" was like.
--->Besides,
like. In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl Vol 2 #1]]'':
--->'''Supergirl:''' Besides,
I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda!\\
18th Nov '16 2:53:21 PM StFan
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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger for a total of five years, with six different power sets and [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers on]] [[PowerRangersZeo four]] [[PowerRangersTurbo different]] [[PowerRangersDinoThunder teams]], and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.

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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger for a total of five years, with six different power sets and [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers on]] [[PowerRangersZeo [[Series/PowerRangersZeo four]] [[PowerRangersTurbo [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo different]] [[PowerRangersDinoThunder [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder teams]], and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.



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** Likewise, they did a series of interviews with Dustin Runnels (who wrestled as Golddust) and his then wife Terri, who went by Marlena in WWF. This led to him leaving her during one interview and becoming the even mor bizarre Artist Formerly Known as Golddust.

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** * Likewise, they did a series of interviews with Dustin Runnels (who wrestled as Golddust) and his then wife Terri, who went by Marlena in WWF. This led to him leaving her during one interview and becoming the even mor bizarre Artist Formerly Known as Golddust.



* ''SailorNothing'': Himei fears her new DarkMagicalGirl Sailor Nothing persona could remain dominant even when she's not transformed, that Shoutan Himei will also become ''nothingness''.

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* ''SailorNothing'': ''Literature/SailorNothing'': Himei fears her new DarkMagicalGirl Sailor Nothing persona could remain dominant even when she's not transformed, that Shoutan Himei will also become ''nothingness''.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Vista mentions in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/sentinel-9-5/ Chapter 9.5]] ([[ADayInTheLimelight her chapter in the Wards arc]]) that she feels less like herself out of costume than in.

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
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Vista mentions in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/sentinel-9-5/ Chapter 9.5]] ([[ADayInTheLimelight her chapter in the Wards arc]]) that she feels less like herself out of costume than in.



* {{Jem}} often realized that she was "jealous of herself" and had to be manipulated by her own supercomputer into maintaining her SecretIdentity.

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* {{Jem}} WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} often realized realizes that she was is "jealous of herself" and had has to be manipulated by her own supercomputer into maintaining her SecretIdentity.



-->'''Bruce Wayne''': The voice kept calling me Bruce. In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
** Interestingly the DCAU seems a little vague on the subject. For instance, whenever Bruce/Batman was feeling particularly depressed (such as in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter"), he'd lose the deep "Batman voice" and revert to the soft style of speaking he always reserved for "playing" Bruce.
* In ''{{Transformers}}'', Punch is an Autobot who masquerades as a Decepticon named Counterpunch to gain information. In the Dreamave continuity, he starts suffering blackouts as Counterpunch; it is likely that if Dreamwave had not gone bankrupt, Punch's character arc would have involved such a situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the titular character the real persona while Drake Mallard is a made-up.
** It's a little more complicated than that. Later episodes reveal that he WAS Drake Mallard before becoming Darkwing, but until he adopted Gosalyn he had been neglecting his civilian identity. Considering that the main character is rather egotistical, it was probably in no small part due to the fact that Darkwing Duck was much more popular than Drake Mallard.

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-->'''Bruce Wayne''': Wayne:''' The voice kept calling me Bruce. In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
** :: Interestingly the DCAU seems a little vague on the subject. For instance, whenever Bruce/Batman was feeling particularly depressed (such as in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter"), he'd lose the deep "Batman voice" and revert to the soft style of speaking he always reserved for "playing" Bruce.
* In ''{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', Punch is an Autobot who masquerades as a Decepticon named Counterpunch to gain information. In the Dreamave continuity, he starts suffering blackouts as Counterpunch; it is likely that if Dreamwave had not gone bankrupt, Punch's character arc would have involved such a situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the titular character the real persona persona, while Drake Mallard is a made-up.
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made-up. It's a little more complicated than that. Later complicated: later episodes reveal that he WAS Drake Mallard before becoming Darkwing, but until he adopted Gosalyn he had been neglecting his civilian identity. Considering that the main character is rather egotistical, it was probably in no small part due to the fact that Darkwing Duck was much more popular than Drake Mallard.
18th Nov '16 12:23:02 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger six times, with six different power sets and on five different teams, and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.

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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger six times, for a total of five years, with six different power sets and on five different teams, [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers on]] [[PowerRangersZeo four]] [[PowerRangersTurbo different]] [[PowerRangersDinoThunder teams]], and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.
18th Nov '16 12:18:42 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''[[PowerRangersDinoThunder]]'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger six times, with six different power sets and on five different teams, and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.

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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''[[PowerRangersDinoThunder]]'' ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger six times, with six different power sets and on five different teams, and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.
18th Nov '16 12:18:00 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Ironically, this was written during the era where DC was most adamant about Clark Kent being the person and Superman being the secret identity. During this period, Clark was a bestselling author and [[NumberTwo Perry White's natural heir as leader of the ''Daily Planet'' newsroom]].


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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''[[PowerRangersDinoThunder]]'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger six times, with six different power sets and on five different teams, and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.
13th Oct '16 6:02:10 AM Tron80
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-->Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda!\\

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-->Besides, --->Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda!\\
13th Oct '16 6:01:27 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Back in the Silver and Bronze Ages, Kara Zor-El was torn between her responsibilities as Supergirl and her desire to be a normal woman and lead a normal life. Unlike her cousin -whose "real" person was Superman in those decades-, she thought of herself as "Linda Danvers", and sometimes she felt frustrated because she spent so long being Supergirl that she forgot what being "Linda" was like.
-->Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda!\\
There's nothing selfish about wanting to get into yourself for a while instead of thinking about the whole blasted world! I do enough of that as Supergirl and wasn't the whole reason for this move... to give myself space to be just plain Linda Danvers?\\
I've been Supergirl for such a long time, it seems. Not that I'd give that up for anything... but I feel like I've totally lost hold of the part of me that doesn't scoot around the universe in shorts and a cape! I've forgotten what it feels like to be just a person... Instead of a symbol!
** Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El was Supergirl 24/7 until her cousin warned her that she would eventually burn out and suggested that she came up with a secret identity. Kara created a civilian identity called Linda Lang, but it was merely a disguise. After [[spoiler:failing to save New Krypton]] she briefly considered giving up on being Supergirl and becoming Linda permanently.
** Post-Flashpoint Supergirl was given a secret identity in ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth''. However, "Kara Danvers" was merely a tool to socialize with humans and understand them in order to protect them better.
--->"Kara Danvers" is a tool for you to walk amongst the people you protect.
23rd Sep '16 12:41:10 AM Mareon
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* Comicstrip/{{The Phantom}] is the Phantom. That's who he is. Mr. (Kit) Walker is a secret identity he uses when he needs to move anonymously through an inhabited area (though post-Falk continuities tend to go with each Phantom being legally named Kit Walker).

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* Comicstrip/{{The Phantom}] ComicBook/ThePhantom is the Phantom. That's who he is. Mr. (Kit) Walker is a secret identity he uses when he needs to move anonymously nonymously through an inhabited area (though post-Falk continuities tend to go with each Phantom being legally named Kit Walker).
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